Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 6:00pm
LOCATION: The James L. Flood Mansion 2222 Broadway, San Francisco

Please join us for a Lecture & Book Signing

Royal Artist and Architect: Charles Le Brun and the Image of Louis VIV
With Wolf Burchard
Curator at Britain’s National Trust

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
6:00pm Wine reception & Book Signing
7:00pm Lecture
James Leary Flood Mansion, 2222 Broadway, San Francisco

$35 Members and Employees of Professional Member Firms
$45 Non-Members
$20 Emerging Professionals and Student Members
$20 Students (with valid I.D.)


King Louis XIV’s favorite artist, Charles Le Brun (1619–1690) has often been described as a “dictator of the arts in France”—a view, which Wolf Burchard reassesses in his book, The Sovereign Artist. Le Brun was a gifted and versatile man, an excellent painter and designer of tapestries, sculpture, architecture, and furniture. As Louis XIV’s principal painter and director of the Gobelins manufactory, he sought to translate the Sun King’s claim for absolute power into a visual form. This lecture will look into the relationship between the famous artist and the great monarch and explore Le Brun’s different fields of activities, focusing particularly on his ambitious architectural designs for the Louvre and Versailles.

About the book: The Sovereign Artist: Charles Le Brun and the Image of Louis XIV (Paul Holberton Publishing, 2016), by Wolf Burchard with a foreword by Christopher Le Brun, President of the Royal Academy of Arts, examines the wide artistic production of Louis XIV’s most prolific and powerful artist, Charles Le Brun (1619–1690), illustrating the magnificence of his paintings and focusing particularly on the interiors and decorative works of art produced according to his designs. “It's about time ... for a reassessment of Le Brun's prolific and dizzyingly varied output, and Wolf Burchard's book, The Sovereign Artist, is just that” (The Art Quarterly); “This is the best book on this ‘universal man’” (Literary Review).

Wolf Burchard is the Furniture Research Curator at Britain’s National Trust and the author of The Sovereign Artist: Charles Le Brun and the Image of Louis XIV (Paul Holberton Publishing). From 2009 to 2014 he was Curatorial Assistant at the Royal Collection Trust, where he co-curated The First Georgians: Art & Monarchy, 1714-1760 at Buckingham Palace to commemorate the tercentenary of George I’s accession to the British throne. He studied the history of art and architecture at the universities of Tübingen and Vienna, and the Courtauld Institute of Art from which he holds an MA and PhD. He serves on the Executive Boards of the Georgian Group and the Furniture History Society, as well as the vetting committees of TEFAF and Masterpiece Art Fair.